Canadian News May 6, 2020 5:48 PM EST

Green Party, Bloc Quebecois ask Trudeau to kill oil industry

The oil and gas sector has been devastated by the drop in oil prices alongside plummeting demand due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Green Party, Bloc Quebecois ask Trudeau to kill oil industry
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC
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Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet have both asked Justin Trudeau to kill the oil and gas industry by not offering financial assistance.

The oil and gas sector has been devastated by the drop in oil prices alongside plummeting demand due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Despite this, and the fact that some 500,000 jobs depend on the success of this industry, May said that governments around the world should use the pandemic as an opportunity to find alternative energy methods, according to the CBC.  

Similarly, Bloc leader Blanchet said that Alberta's oil industry was "condemned" and said that the Trudeau government should not prop up the industry.

Like May, Blanchet also wants Trudeau to invest in renewable energy instead.

Speaking to reporters, May said that her "heart bleeds for people who believe the sector is going to come back. It's not."

"Oil is dead and for people in the sector, it's very important there be just transition funds," she added.

Blanchet, on the other hand, said in French that Alberta's oil industry is "never coming back. Putting any more money in that business is a very bad idea."

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